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Antarctic Icebergs For The Emirates?

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates

An ambitious project to tow massive icebergs from Antarctica to the United Arab Emirates UAE is set to proceed, according to the company behind the plan to alleviate water stress in the country and region.


Veolia Awarded Contract To Build Egypt Water, Wastewater Treatment Plants


France-based Veolia has been awarded a contract by Egyptian Electricity Holding Company to construct and set up water and wastewater treatment plants for Assiut Supercritical Power Plant and Cairo West Power Plant.


Pakistan: Prime Ministerial Candidate Promises Water For All, Looks To Desal


Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari remarked that he is willing to turn seawater into drinkable water to ensure the provision of water for the people of Lyari. Bilawal was addressing party workers at Lyari’s Chakiwara area during the launch of his electoral campaign.


Japan To Invest In Kazakhstan Infrastructure


Kazakhstan and Japan will implement seven joint projects, including in the areas of nuclear energy, transport and water supply, worth approximately $2 Billion USD, Kazakh Minister for Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek announced at a June 27 meeting with Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Tadao Yanase.


Killer US Lettuce Was Contaminated By E.Coli In Canal Water

YUMA AZ, United States

The US Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that contaminated canal water near romaine lettuce growing fields is the likely source of the unusually virulent strain of E. coli that has sickened people across 36 states, killing five.

China's Largest Steel Manufacturer Criticized By Environment Ministry Over Yangtze Pollution


China's  Ministry of Ecology and Environment has sharply criticized the country's largest private steel-maker on Thursday 28 June for failing to carry out rectification plans and for dumping steel slag along the Yangtze River in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province.


$0.5 Billion USD Wold Bank Support for Bangladesh To Assist Rohingyas Refugees


The World Bank has announced it will provide nearly half-a-billion dollars in grant-based support to help Bangladesh address the needs of the Rohingya refugees in areas such as: health, education, water and sanitation, disaster risk management, and social protection.


Third Tuas Desal Plant Opens In Singapore


Singapore's third desalination plant opened officially on Thursday 28 June, with the promise of turning sea water into drinking water more productively and cheaply. With the new plant, 30 per cent of Singapore's water needs can be met by desalination, up from 25 per cent.


Innovative "Ice Stupas" Technology Criticized By Downstream Farmers


The two giant artificial glaciers in the form of ice stupas, created by environmental engineer Sonam Wangchuk in the cold desert’s Phyang village, still stand tall and pull through the sunny weather. The ice stupas suffice for water needs in spring as mountain glaciers start yielding melt water only from late July.


ADB Funds Environmental Projection And Sustainability Project To Benefit Half Of Maldives Population

MANILA, Philippines

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $33.07 Million USD grant to improve environmental protection and sustainability efforts in the Greater Malé capital region and its surrounding islands in Maldives through the establishment of a sustainable solid waste management system. The project is expected to benefit 216,000 people, or half of Maldives’ population.


Contracts Awarded For Protection Of US Dams From Cyber Attacks


The US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation earlier this month awarded a $45 million, five-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for IT risk management services to two private companies. The two companies, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. (NYSE: BAH) and Spry Methods will provide technical and professional services to support the threat monitoring systems for more than 600 dams scattered across 17 western states and managed by the bureau.

Climate Change Brings Particular Water Challenges To Small Countries


It is estimated that direct climate change damage costs to human health will be $2–4 Billion USD a year by 2030. Small countries have to deal with particular climate change consequences such as rising sea levels, more frequent and intensive extreme weather events like heatwaves, heavy precipitation, floods or droughts, increasing water scarcity and others.

Samarco Dam Disaster: BHP And Vale Settle $5.28 Billion USD Claim With Brazilian Authorities


Mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale have signed an agreement with Brazilian authorities to settle a $5.28 Billion USD civil lawsuit related to the 2015 tailings dam failure at the Samarco iron ore mine they operated in the state of Minas Gerais.

The settlement now needs to be signed by the Federal Government of Brazil and ratified by the Federal Court of Minas Gerais.


New World Atlas Of Desertification Shows Unprecedented Pressure On Natural Resources


The European Commission's science and knowledge service, The Joint Research Center, has published a new edition of the World Atlas of Desertification, offering a tool for decision makers to improve local responses to soil loss and land degradation.


WMO Emphasizes Importance Of Data In Water Management

GENEVA, Switzerland

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is revamping its strategy on water in order to address unprecedented challenges posed by water stress, floods and droughts and lack of access to clean supplies.


US Forest Service Grants Nestle Three-year California Extraction Permit


The U.S. Forest Service has granted Nestle a new three-year permit to continue operating its bottled water pipeline in the San Bernardino National Forest. The agency announced the decision Wednesday, saying the permit has been offered to the company “with measures to improve the watershed’s health” along Strawberry Creek.


Russian Regions Collaborate On Pechora River Ecology Improvement


Authorities of the Komi and Nenets Regions are working on a program to improve the ecology of the Pechora River’s basin. Komi’s Minister of Natural Resources Roman Polshvedkin reports that the region had joined the federal Ecology project.